Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Charles Philip Bale is a Welsh-born English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). The Guardian named Bale as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales to parents of English descent. His father, David Bale, was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager and his mother, Jenny James, was a circus clown and performer. He is the youngest of four children. After leaving Wales in 1976, Bale spent his childhood in several countries, including England, Portugal and the United States. Settling for four years in Bournemouth and Henley-on-Thames, Bale was educated at Shiplake C of E Primary School, the independent Dolphin School in Berkshire, and at Bournemouth School. He participated actively in rugby union. Bale has described his childhood, with respect to his mother being in the circus, as "interesting". He recalled his first kiss was with an acrobat named Barta. As a child, he trained in ballet and guitar. His sister Louise's work in theatre also influenced his decision to become an actor. Bale's father was very supportive of his son's acting, resigning from his job as a commercial pilot to travel and manage Bale's burgeoning career. Bale's first foray into acting was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982, when he was eight years old. He appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star a year later and in 1984 made his stage debut in The Nerd, opposite Rowan Atkinson.

On 29 January, 2000, Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Blažić (born 1970), a one-time model, make-up artist and personal assistant to Winona Ryder; the couple have a daughter, Emmeline, who was born on 27 March 2005, in Santa Monica, California. Since 1992, Bale has resided in Los Angeles.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2018

Jungle Book

Bagheera2018-10-19
2017

Hostiles

Captain Joseph J. Blocker2017-06-30
2017

The Promise

Chris2017-04-28
2017
Song to Song
2017-03-17
2015
The Big Short
Michael Burry2015-12-11
2015

Knight of Cups

Rick2015-09-10
2015

Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus: Gods and Kings

Himself2015-03-17
2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Moses2014-12-03
2013
American Hustle
Irving Rosenfeld2013-12-12
2013
Out of the Furnace
Russell Baze2013-12-06
2012
The Dark Knight Rises
Bruce Wayne / Batman2012-07-16
2012
The Batmobile
Himself2012-07-16
2011
The Flowers of War
John Miller2011-12-15
2010
The Fighter
Dick "Dicky" Eklund2010-12-17
2009
Public Enemies
Melvin Purvis2009-07-01
2009
Terminator Salvation
John Connor2009-05-20
2008
The Dark Knight
Bruce Wayne / Batman2008-07-16
2008
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene
Himself2008-07-15
2008
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight
himself2008-07-15
2007
I'm Not There.
Jack/Pastor John2007-10-01
2007
3:10 to Yuma
Dan Evans2007-09-06
2006
The Prestige
Alfred Borden2006-10-19
2006
Rescue Dawn
Dieter Dengler2006-09-09
2005
The New World
John Rolfe2005-12-25
2005
Harsh Times
Jim Luther Davis2005-09-11
2005
Batman Begins
Bruce Wayne / Batman2005-06-14
2005
Tankman Begins
2005-01-01
2004
The Machinist
Trevor Reznik2004-02-09
2002
Equilibrium
John Preston2002-12-06
2002
Reign of Fire
Quinn Abercromby2002-07-12
2002
Laurel Canyon
Sam2002-05-18
2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Mandras2001-08-17
2000
Shaft
Walter Wade, Jr.2000-06-15
2000
American Psycho
Patrick Bateman2000-04-13
1999
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square
Himself1999-08-11
1999
Mary, Mother of Jesus
Jesus of Nazareth1999-07-26
1999
All the Little Animals
Bobby Platt1999-07-09
1999
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Demetrius1999-04-25
1998
Velvet Goldmine
Arthur Stuart1998-10-26
1997
Metroland
1997-08-30
1996
The Secret Agent
Stevie1996-11-08
1996
The Portrait of a Lady
Edward Rosier1996-10-18
1995
Pocahontas
Thomas (voice)1995-06-14
1994
Little Women
Laurie1994-12-21
1994
Royal Deceit
Amled1994-02-23
1993
Swing Kids
Thomas Berger1993-03-05
1992
Newsies
Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly1992-04-10
1991
A Murder of Quality
Tim Perkins1991-10-04
1990
Treasure Island
Jim Hawkins1990-06-08
1989
Henry V
Robin the Luggage-Boy1989-10-05
1987
Empire of the Sun
Jim 'Jamie' Graham1987-12-09
1987
Mio in the Land of Faraway
Jum-Jum / Benke1987-07-01
1986
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
Alexei1986-12-07
1969
Concrete Island